Hello, we are Ivan and Khris and welcome to our humble journal. We are a husband and wife tandem from Quezon City, Philippines although we also regularly spend our weekends in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija. In this blog, we share two of the activities that we love most — traveling and dining out.
Our philosophy is that traveling need not be too far. The secret is to uncover the social, cultural and historical significance of the places that we visit, be it a small church, a park, a lonely building or a busy road. That way, traveling becomes more meaningful and interesting.
We also believe that food and travel invariably go together. A taste of local cuisine is a bite into the culture of that particular place. While we would not go as far as sampling exotic dishes, we make it a point to sample the signature dishes of the destinations that we visit.
On some occasions though, we do love to treat ourselves to dinners in some of the well-known restaurants in the metro.
Most stories in this blog are written by Ivan while all travel arrangements are courtesy of Khris.
Our humble story
We met at our current job in a bank, thanks to a good friend. During the few times that we initially went out, we found out many similarities between us, among these is our love for traveling and the immense importance that we put in our families.
We would like to travel the Philippines, and then the world, full time. But unlike other people who can afford to quit their jobs to trot the globe, we have responsibilities that we deem are of greater importance.
We travel to escape the monotony of the cube farm, to revitalize our bodies so that we may have the energy to take on the daily routine. We travel to learn something new, not just to appreciate the beauty of our world.
We do our best to search for something more profound, beyond the superficial. We particularly like history, culture and heritage. A piece of knowledge, we reckon, is always the best memento that we could take home.
We have been married since April 6, 2014. Perhaps one of the greatest adventures that we have embarked on was to get married. The wedding preparations took us to different places, allowed us to meet different people and, best of all, tested our characters.
This blog consolidates Ivan’s previous blogs (frenchraisins, Until Next Weekend and The Introverted Weekender) as well as food articles in Zomato and travel narratives in Trip Advisor. As such, while this blog has only been launched last June 2016, expect to find articles from way back 2007.
This blog is not a travel guide but more of a journal of two ordinary people who see beauty in simplicity. It tells stories from the perspective of two simple souls who are both devoid of pretensions or appetite for anything ostentatious.
Life+Weekends is about living life, pursuing passions, realizing dreams, appreciating culture and history, and just being happy.
Khrisna Macalma-Jose, Khris to family and childhood friends, and Ynah to colleagues and close friends, is a graduate of BS in Export Management from DLS-College of St. Benilde. She has been with the banking industry handling Telemarketing for over a decade. Despite the number of years, Khris has been as passionate with her job as she was in day 1.
She is adept in finding great travel and dining deals, as well as in preparing trip itineraries.
Ivan Carlo Jose, Ivan to friends and family, is a graduate of BS Geology from UP Diliman. Since high school, he has been in love with writing. As such, even with a science degree, he pursued a career that allowed him to express his passion. He currently works in the Marketing Department of a bank. He credits Khris for helping him realize his dream of traveling. Perhaps one of the most unforgettable gifts he has received is a pair of rubber slippers with a note from Khris that it will take him to many beautiful places.